IMPORTS AND EXPORTS (CONTROL) ACT

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Appointment of officers and servants.

3. Powers and duties of officers.

4. Control of the import and export of goods.

5. Application for licenses.

6. Licence fee.

7. Issue of licenses

8. Authority granted by licences.

9. Power to amend, suspend or cancel licenses

10. Communication of refusal to issue a licence to applicant and of amendment or cancellation of a licence to the holder thereof.

11. Appeals.

11A. Publication of the list of persons who default in payments.

11B. Prohibition of export of goods to a defaulter specified in the defaulters' list.

11C. Prohibition of exports to defaulters to be a condition of the licence.

11D. Deletion of the defaulter's name on payment of the amount in default.

11E. Publication of list of importers who contravene regulations.

12. Power of Controller to call for information and inspect documents.

13. Verification of information.

14. Prohibition or regulation of certain imports and exports.

15. Confiscation.

16. Offences.

17. Punishment for offences.

18. Offences by bodies of persons.

19. No prosecution without the sanction of the Controller.

20. Regulations.

21. Application of customs Ordinance.

22. Interpretation.

1 of 1969,

48 of 1985,

28 of 1987.

AN ACT to provide for the control of the importation and exportation of goods, for the regulation of the standards of exportable goods and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

[Date of Commencement: 8th August, 1969]

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the Imports and Exports (Control) Act.

2. Appointment of officers and servants.

There may be appointed, by name or by office, for the purposes of this Act, a Controller of Imports and Exports and such Deputies and Assistants to him and such other officers and servants as may be necessary.

3. Powers and duties of officers.

(1) Every Deputy or Assistant Controller of Imports and Exports shall, in the exercise of his powers, the performance of his duties and the discharge of his functions, be subject to the general direction and control of the Controller of Imports and Exports.

(2) Every Deputy or Assistant Controller of Imports and Exports may, subject to the general direction and control of the Controller of Imports and Exports, exercise, perform or discharge all such powers, duties or functions vested in, imposed upon or assigned to the Controller of Imports and Exports by or under this Act as may be delegated to such Deputy or Assistant by the Controller of Imports and Exports.

(3) A Deputy or an Assistant Controller of Imports and Exports exercising, performing or discharging any power, duty or function of the Controller of Imports and Exports under this Act shall be deemed for all purposes to have been delegated to exercise, perform or discharge that power, duty or function until the contrary is proved.

4. Control of the import and export of goods.

(1) Subject to the provisions of subsection (2) and of any regulations made under subsection (3), no person shall import into, or export from, Sri Lanka any goods except under the authority, or otherwise than in accordance with the conditions, of a licence issued in that behalf under this Act by the Controller.

(2) The importation into, or the exportation from, Sri Lanka after the date of commencement of this Act by any person of any goods without a licence issued in that behalf under this Act shall be deemed not to be a contravention of the provisions of subsection (1) if such importation or exportation was authorised by a licence issued under any written law for the time being in force.

(3) Regulations may be made exempting any specified class or classes of persons or goods from the provisions of subsection (1).

5. Application for licenses.

(1) Every application for a licence shall—

(a) be made to the Controller in such one of the prescribed forms as is appropriate to the case,

(b) state the particulars which that form requires to be stated, and

(c) be signed by the applicant.

(2) The Controller may direct any applicant for a licence to furnish him with such information as he may indicate in the direction for the purpose of enabling him to dispose of the application; and if the applicant fails to comply with such direction, the Controller may refuse to issue the licence to the applicant.

6. Licence fee.

Where a fee is prescribed for the issue of a licence, such licence shall not be issued by the Controller except upon the payment of such fee.

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